Prosecutors expect at least 100 more arrests for U.S. Capitol riot

The U.S. Justice Department expects to charge at least 100 more people for taking part in the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, signaling prosecutors are far from finished investigating an attack that a judge on Thursday called an act of terrorism.

“Over 400 individuals have been charged in connection with the Capitol attack,” federal prosecutors said in a court filing on Thursday. “The investigation continues and the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged.”

The Justice Department made the disclosure in a set of similar court filings asking judges to postpone deadlines in pending prosecutions.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the court filings stated.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from formally certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory.

The violence started shortly after Trump rallied his supporters and urged them to fight to stop the certification of Biden’s win.

Source: Reuters